Bicycling & Hiking

The Western Maryland Rail Trail

The Western Maryland Rail Trail - Hancock Station ZERO miles from Hancock.
A paved bike path that originally extended from Hancock to Fort Frederick 11 miles to the east. In June of 2002, another nine miles were added extending the trail west to Polly's Pond. Trail was again extended tp Pearre Station, 3 miles West of Polly Pond. It's absolutely beautiful, and great for level-walker hiking and roller blading as well. Click here for a map of the trail. Call 301-842-2155 for more information.

The C&O Canal Tow Path Trail

The C&O Canal Tow Path Trail: ZERO miles from Hancock.
Travel to Cumberland to the west, or Georgetown, Washington DC to the east. But if you're not camping along the way, make a day's trip using the C&O Canal towpath in one direction, and return to Hancock using the Rail Trail.

If mountain biking (or hiking) is your passion, check out the trails at the following locations:

Cacapon Resort State Park

Cacapon Resort State Park : 17 miles from Hancock
Over 6000 acres encompass Cacapon Resort State Park. Over 20 miles of trails abound for the hiker visiting the park. From leisure walkers to avid hikers, Cacapon's got a trail to suit you.

Green Ridge State Forest

Green Ridge State Forest : 17 miles from Hancock.
At 47,560 acres, Green Ridge is the largest contiguous block of public land in Maryland. Green Ridge is located within the Ridge and Valley Province of the Appalachian Mountains. It is rich in both natural and cultural heritage and remains a "working forest" today as it is managed by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Forest Service to conserve the natural ecological processes while supporting the economy of the region through an active forest management program.

Rocky Gap State Forest

Rocky Gap State Forest : 31 miles from Hancock.
Rocky Gap State Park is located in Western Maryland's Allegany County. The park encompasses over 3,000 acres of public land for visitors to enjoy. Rugged mountains surround the park, featuring 243-acre Lake Habeeb.

Rocky Gap State Forest

Warrior Mountain WMA : 35 miles from Hancock.
Remotely located in central Allegany County, Warrior Mountain WMA's 4,400 acres of forest blanket the ridge and stream valley topography which is typically found in Western Maryland. At the peak of Warrior Mountain, a power line clearing overlooks a spectacular view of the surrounding terrain.

The Tuscarora Trail

The Tuscarora Trail : 0 miles from Hancock.
Through forests of oak-hickory, pine and mountain laurel, the north-south Tuscarora Trail wends its way along mountain ridges and valleys through four states as a loop off the Appalachian Trail. The 250- mile trail connects with the Appalachian Trail near Front Royal, Va. and Carlisle, Pa. This trail eventually will become a component of the Great Eastern Trail which will extend from Alabama to the Finger Lakes in New York state.

Sideling Hill Public Lands

Sideling Hill Public Lands : 12 miles from Hancock.
The overriding goal of the Sideling Hill WMA in eastern Allegany and western Washington Counties is to provide forest wildlife habitat and protection for water quality in Sideling Hill Creek. Dramatic rock formations include scenic cliffs and rocky outcrops of Devonian shale and Chemung and Hampshire sandstone.

Fort Frederick State Park

Fort Frederick State Park : 14 miles from Hancock.
American history from the colonial period to the present can be discovered at Fort Frederick State Park. Our 585 acre park features a unique stone fort that served as Maryland's frontier defense during the French and Indian War. The Fort's stone wall and two barracks have been restored to their 1758 appearance. The park also features a boat launch, campsites, camp store, fishing, flat water canoeing, a hiking trail, interpretive and educational programs, picnicking, a playground, and a shelter. Call 301-842-2155 for more information.

Buck Valley Ranch

Buck Valley Ranch : 15 miles from Hancock.
Buck Valley Ranch LLC, a year round resort located in the Appalachian Mountains of south central Pennsylvania, offers trail riding and other outdoor activities in a secluded setting.

Billmeyer/Belle Grove WMA

Billmeyer/Belle Grove WMA : 16 miles from Hancock.
In the 1920s and 1930s, wildlife biologists concentrated on raising game birds to help bolster low populations in the wild. The Billmeyer WMA was purchased for this purpose and game birds were raised in hopes that surplus populations would spread to adjacent lands. Nearby, the Bellgrove WMA was used exclusively for raising wild turkeys. Today this 710-acre tract in Allegany County is no longer a game bird farm. Forests and fields abound with wildlife, providing natural beauty and recreation for many outdoor interests.

Indian Springs WMA

Indian Springs WMA : 31 miles from Hancock.
Indian Springs WMA is a 6,400-acre tract in Washington County near the town of Clear Spring. Pictured above is Blair's Valley Lake, a popular fishing spot. Field trials, where man and dog display their outdoor skills, are held here six times a year. Approximately 90% of the site is dominated by forest consisting of oaks and other hardwoods, with some very steep hills. Fairview Mountain, located on the area, served as a Civil War military signal.